"I refuse to be ashamed."

This story appears in the comments section of a New York Times article titled “Let’s Talk About My Abortion and Yours.”

I have had 2 abortions. I refuse to be ashamed.

I have mentioned my having had abortions many times. I didn't want them but it was necessary.

Today at 66 years of age I don't have to worry about getting pregnant. I can't imagine a world where this option is taken away.

By speaking about my abortions I try to normalize it, because it is.

~Judy Petersen

"I take care of my life."

"I was in an unhealthy and abusive relationship."